Friday, 4 May 2012

"Movie" Pantheon

I found this English version of Sarris' Pantheon on the Movie Reader, a book edited by Ian Cameron (London, 1972). Put together to give a taste of magazine's "politics" and strategies in 1962, when it originally appeared, the list contains many surprises:

  • John Ford of 1962 is only very talented, meaning The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence is no more than the work of a "very talented" person!
  • Hallelujah for inclusion of Argentinean Hugo Fregonese. 
  • Richard Breen wrote some average screenplays and directed only one film in 1957. How his name made it to the "talented" list, one has to see Stopover Tokyo.
  • Shirley Clarke and John Cassavetes are only competent or ambitious. Movie fails to see the new directions in American cinema.
  • Cy Endfield and Terence Fisher belong to "The Rest." No respect for commercial cinema and genre masters.
  • Sarris' "Less than Meet the Eyes" and "Strained Seriousness" are Movie's "Very Talented" filmmakers.
Explore the British Pantheon:


Howard Hawks
Alfred Hitchcock


George Cukor
Stanley Donen
Joseph Losey
Anthony Mann
Leo McCarey
Vincente Minnelli
Otto Preminger
Nicholas Ray
Jacques Tourneur
Raoul Walsh
Orson Welles


Robert Aldrich
Budd Boetticher
Richard Brooks
Frank Capra
Blake Edwards
Hugo Fregonese
Richard Fleischer
John Ford
Samuel Fuller
Henry Hathaway
Elia Kazan
Jerry Lewis
Sidney Lumet
J. L. Mankiewicz
Gerd Oswald
Arthur Penn
Don Siegel
George Stevens
Frank Tashlin
Edgar Ulmer
King Vidor
Charles Walters


Richard Breen
Roger Corman
Andre de Toth
Gordon Douglas
Allan Dwan
John Frankenheimer
Michael Gordon
Robert Hamer
Byron Haskin
Seth Holt
John Huston
Phil Karlson
Stanley Kubrick
Mervyn LeRoy
Rudolph Mate
Robert Mulligan
Joseph Newman
Robert Parrish
Richard Quine
Karel Reisz
Mark Robson
Alexander Singer
Andrew L. Stone
Don Weis
Paul Wendkos
Fred M. Wilcox
Richard Wilson


Joseph Anthony
Jack Arnold
Laszlo Benedek
David Butler
John Cassavetes
Joseph Cates
Shirley Clarke
Herbert Coleman
Hubert Cornfield
Michael Curtiz
Delmer Daves
Edward Dmytryk
V. J. Donehue
Philip Dunne
John Farrow
Jose Ferrer
Mel Ferrer
Melvin Frank
Jack Garfein
Hal Kanter
Harry Keller
Gene Kelly
Irvin Kershner
Henry King
Howard W. Koch
Stanley Kramer
Anatole Litvak
Joshua Logan
Ranald MacDougall
Daniel Mann
Delbert Mann
George Marshall
Lewis Milestone
David Miller
Richard Murphy
Norman Panama
Joseph Pevney
Irving Rapper
Martin Rill
Robert Rossen
George Sidney
Jack Webb
William Wellman
Billy Wilder
Robert Wise
William Wyler
Fred Zinnemann
Michael Anderson
Ken Annakin
Anthony Asquith
Roy Baker
John Boulting
Roy Boulting
Jack Cardiff
Michael Carreras
Don Chaffey
Jack Clayton
Robert Day
Basil Dearden
Charles Frend
Guy Green
Val Guest
John Guillermin
Guy Hamilton
Ken Hughes
Pat Jackson
Philip Leacock
David Lean
Jack Lee
J. Lee Thompson
Michael McCarthy
John Moxey
Ronald Neame
Michael Powell
Alvin Rakoff
Carol Reed
Tony Richardson
Wolf Rilla
Wendy Toye
Harry Watt


Irwin Allen
Hall Bartlett
James Clavell
Morton da Cos
Jerry Hopper
Bruce Humberstone
Nunnally Johnson
Nathan Juran
Henry Koster
Walter Lang
Robert Z. Leonard
Jean Negulesco
George Pal
Daniel Petrie
Dick Powell
Russell Rouse
Roy Rowland
George Seaton
Jack Sher
George Sherman
Vincent Sherman
R. G. Springsteen
John Sturges
Norman Taurog
Richard Thorpe
Robert D. Webb
William Whitney
Julian Amyes
Robert Asher
Baker & Berman
Compton Ben nett
Muriel Box
Stuart Burge
J. Paddy Carstairs
Henry Cass
Arthur Crabtree
Charles Crichton
Paul Czinner
Cy Endfield
William Fairchild
Terence Fisher
Lewis Gilbert
Sidney Gilliatt
John Gilling
B. Desmond Hurst
Anthony Kimmins
Frank Launder
John Lemont
Jay Lewis
David MacDonald
Kevin McClory
Leslie Norman
George Pollock
Vernon Sewell
Alfred Shaughnessy
Gerald Thomas
Ralph Thomas
Herbert Wilcox
Terence Young
Mario Zampi

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